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Taylor v. Superior Court

24 Cal.3d 890, 598 P.2d 854, 157 Cal.Rptr. 693 (1979)

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Taylor v. Superior Court

Supreme Court of California

24 Cal.3d 890, 598 P.2d 854, 157 Cal.Rptr. 693 (1979)

Facts

Taylor (plaintiff/petitioner) sued Stille (defendant) for injuries he sustained in a collision between them. Taylor alleged that Stille was driving while intoxicated at the time of the accident, that he is an alcoholic with a habit of driving while intoxicated, and that he previously caused a serious accident while driving drunk. Taylor claimed that Stille acted with a conscious disregard for Taylor’s safety, and sought both compensatory and punitive damages. The Superior Court granted Stille’s motion to dismiss Taylor’s claim for punitive damages. Taylor seeks a writ of mandamus from this court reinstating his punitive damages claim.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Richardson, J.)

Concurrence (Bird, C.J.)

Dissent (Clark, J.)

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